The following is my list of the Top 20 Blogs that Christian leaders need to be reading in 2012. Here is how the list was selected:
- These blogs must provide solutions to the issues that Christian leaders face.
- They must be experts in their area of discipline with a track record of success. This speaks to credibility.
- Their posts must regularly contain elements of inspiration and creativity.
- They must post regularly. Some great thinkers were omitted from this list simply because they only posted 2-4 times per month.
With the exception of the first blog listed, I have separated the sites into categories to assist you. Hot links are provided for your convenience.
Perry Noble – Simply the best blog for Christian leaders on the Internet. No site is more transparent, raw, and applicable as Perry’s. If I was looking for a coaching network, I would start with the incredible Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church.
Business Administrators and Executive Pastors
Tony Morgan Live - Tony is simply the finest strategic thinker on the web. His book Killing Cockroaches is the finest Christian leadership book I’ve ever read. In addition, Tony’s blog inspired me to launch this site.
Serving Strong - I always read Scott Couchenour’s posts for encouragement. If you are a pastor facing burn out, start with this blog.
Brandon A Cox – Brandon is a “man who wears many hats.” In addition to planting Grace Hills Church in Bentonville, AR, Brandon also oversees the content and online community of Pastors.com and Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. Brandon is as talented as anyone in Christendom.
Steven Furtick – Pastor Steven Furtick is the founder and Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, named by Outreach magazine as the 2nd fastest growing church in the nation. In my opinion, Pastor Steven is the most influential pastor under 35-years-of-age in America.
Scott Cochrane – Scott is the Executive Director at The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada. I love Scott’s practical leadership insights. Few people love the local church as much as Scott.
Money And Finance
Joseph Sangl - For pastors and church leaders looking for a website to help their individual families with personal finances, Joe’s site is the best on the Internet. Joe is also the new President and CEO of INJOY Stewardship Solutions which helps churches raise significant capital for new buildings, debt retirement, relocation, and ministry expansion.
Big Is The New Small - If Perry Noble has the bestÂ Christian blog on the web, this site hosted by Scott Williams is 2nd. Scott is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions, a consulting company he founded to help businesses, non-profits and individuals with both internal and external growth. If you want to see a creative website, visit his.
Next Generation Leadership
Jon Acuff – In addition to being a best selling author, reading Jon gives me incredible insight into how NextGen leaders think.
Brad Lomenick - Brad heads up the Catalyst Conference and movement. No one understands and resources NextGen leaders like Brad. Anyone wanting to know what young leadership is about needs to read this site.
Social Media and Technology
Christian Web Trends - Hosted by Paul Steinbrueck, this site gives you tools, resources, and ideas into all things technology and social media. A must read! Paul is also the co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com.
James MacDonald - In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and his wife Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois which has grown to 13,000 people each weekend, meeting in six locations. James also hosts the incredible Elephant Room. For more information on this January 25th event, click here.
Ed Stetzer – Ed heads up Lifeway Research and provides a biblical worldview to current events. I also find his views incredibly relevant in a movement that can sometimes default to a traditional mindset.
Lyn Smith – Lyn’s site will touch your heart. What amazes me about Lyn’s posts are the amount of comments she generates. She really connects with her readers.
That is my list of 20 and I know it is still lacking. What additional sites would you recommend?
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